The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has not been in the news headlines as much recently, but the people who live there are still affected and will be dealing with the problems for years to come. Lead-tainted water, infrastructure problems, lack of trust between officials and residents, and so many other issues have meant there are many complex challenges to overcome. In the midst of these challenges, however, the United Methodist Church is present and doing what it can to be in ministry to their community at this time of great need. You can read a statement from the bishop of the Michigan Area Conference by clicking here
Our conference has the opportunity to partner with the eight churches in the Flint area, and be in ministry with them as they reach out. There are several specific ways your churches can join the partnership our conferences are forming.
- Prayer: please pray for the churches, the leadership, and for the spiritual health of the congregations and people in Flint.
- Financial: Your donations provide water filters, bottled water, nutritional education, after-school programs, and much more. Click here to donate.
- Volunteer: Consider putting together a small team from your church to volunteer in Flint to participate with the distribution of water, filters, and other necessities. Also consider a “learning pilgrimage” to understand the situation and opportunities better.
- Co-learning/partnership: your church members may have some experience or expertise in the areas of child nutrition, health care, health education, disaster response, community gardening, and spiritual care that they would be willing to share with the people of Flint.
For more information, or to get involved, contact Susan Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 334-356-8014. Click here for complete resource center